The start of a new year is a chance to start over. Travelling is a breath of fresh air and new year is a perfect opportunity to create a new list of places you wish to travel and begin new adventures. But before you venture out, here are top 10 destinations you must visit in home country – India in 2019!
Varanasi, also known as Kashi and Benaras is the India of your imagination. Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, the holy city of India is a popular pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. Varanasi is the only city in India where pyres burn 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because the city is believed to be so sacred, the demand for funerals here is high. Varanasi is the oldest city in the world famous for its temples, fine quality silks and brocades and paan. If you are visiting Varanasi, you cannot miss the spectacular ceremony held daily at Dashashwamedh Ghat at the bank of the holy river Ganga.
Major Attractions: Assi Ghat, Ganges River, Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath
Imaging yourself surrounded by snow clad peaks of the Neelkanth, Mana Parbat, and Nanda Devi and surrounded with apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees. Welcome to Auli, the skiing destination of India. We promise you, the natural beauty of this charming hamlet in Garhwal district will leave you spellbound. Auli is also famous for hosting skiing festivals and championships. In 2019, International Ski Federation will hold a skiing championship from January 15 to 21 for the first time. Besides skiing, there are various treks around as well. Auli is a must visit place for all those who are passionate about skiing and of course all the nature lovers.
Major Attractions: Gurso Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, Trishul Peak, Chenab Lake
God’s own country – Kerala is South India’s most beautiful state! This Indian state is diverse and abundant in natural beauty. It has beaches, mountains, backwaters, lakes, wildlife, evergreen forests and what not. Being next to the coast, from an early time, Kerala has witnessed the arrival of people from different parts of the world. The legacy left behind by the Arabs, the Portuguese and the British can still be felt in parts of the state.
Major Attraction: Alleppey, Munnar, Thekkady, Wayanad
Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu are two small enclaves in Western India. Daman is a small city on the mouth of the Daman Ganga river and Diu is an island paradise connected to Gujarat by a creek. There is no beach holiday like the one here. Just like Goa, both Daman and Diu were under Portuguese occupation for more than 450 years. There is a major tourist influx here to explore the well preserved 16th century forts left by the Portuguese and the sandy pristine beaches of Diu.
Major Attraction: Nagoa beach, Ghoghla beach, St. Paul’s Church
Dawki also known as Dauki is a center of attraction in Meghalaya. It is really hard to ignore the crystal-clear water of the Umngot River of this town and therefore Boat Ride in this pristine river is a bucket list activity on every traveler’s list. This town is a must visit destination for both peace seeking and adventure loving travellers. The lush green surroundings, the internet breaking transparent water pictures, the experience! We will say, pack your bags and see the surreal beauty of this place yourself.
Major Attraction: Umngot River, Boorhill Falls, Jaflong Zero Point
Jammu and Kashmir
One of the most incredible places in India, Kashmir is known for its exquisite beauty and is famously known as the ‘Heaven on the Earth’. Jammu and Kashmir are dotted with snowcapped mountains, splendid blue lakes, massive glaciers and beautiful meadows. What adds to the unparalleled beauty of this place is the heart warming hospitality of its citizens. While large number of pilgrims visiting Jammu for Amarnath and Vaishno Devi every year, Kashmir is truly a paradise for adventure sports such as skiing, river rafting, paragliding, etc. Beauty of Kashmir cannot be described just in words.
Major Attractions: Dal Lake, Gulmarg, Srinagar, Shalimar Bagh
A trip to Leh Ladakh is nothing less than soul travel. The snow laden mountains, sparkling glaciers, beautiful rivers and myriad of colours of around, the enthralling beauty of this place will leave you asking for more. For the adventurous-at-heart, winter is the perfect opportunity to experience Ladakh in its authentic self; all covered up with inches deep snow. Even during summers and early winters it offers some of the most beautiful sights you have ever seen. From famous monasteries to picturesque landscapes, Leh Ladakh has a lot to offer.
Major Attractions: Pangong Lake, Zanskar River, Nubra Valley, Khardungla Pass
Sikkim’s modern capital Gangtok is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. Wreathed in clouds, it remains a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. Blessed with the spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world, Gangtok is mesmerizing. Another reason that Gangtok is a popular tourist destination is its reputation for best Tibetan food. You must visit this alluring town now if you haven’t already!
Major Attractions: Nathu La Pass, Tsomgo Lake, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
When it comes to Nepal, they say once is not enough. A trekkers’ paradise, Nepal combines breathtaking Himalayan views, tranquil landscapes, quaint villages and interesting wildlife watching. The dramatic landscapes offer some of the Himalaya’s most iconic hiking, climbing, kayaking, paragliding, canyoning and mountain biking. Plus, they to how to make the best momos in the world. What more do you need? Start packing!
Major Attractions: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Massif
This small temple town has become of the best tourist places to visit in India all-round the year. Besides being famous for its sacred sites, Gokarna’s beaches are heaven on earth. Gokarna may not be a conventional tourist place but it is a ‘one of its kind place’ in the country. It can be different things to different people. Go find out for yourself!